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Sick goat
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SusanMo    Posted 09-22-2003 at 09:20:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
My little male pygmy goat seems to have a cold. He sneezes and coughs but other than that he seems fine. He still eats good and plays with the other goat. They were head buttin the other day lol I just wondered if there is anything i could give him for the cold or should i take him to a vet?

betty mcculley    Posted 08-30-2005 at 14:11:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
have a goat with a runny nose. She is eating but seems a little droopy compared to the other does.Thinking about giving her day time Should I take her to the vet?

SusanMo    Posted 09-22-2003 at 13:26:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the advice. I called one vet he said he couldnt really tell anything unless i brought him in so i called another (im a second opinion type person) he generally said the same thing but said it sounded to him like a cold but that it did need to be treated since he had had it for a week wanted me to take his temp YIKES i said i would call in the morning to set appt to bring him in lol. OK OK i know im going to have to learn all this stuff sooner or later but would rather watch the first time.

STEVEN H    Posted 09-22-2003 at 12:58:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
have the vet give you, ah shoot i cant think of the drug. he has pneamonai, if not treated soon it will kill him in just a few days. this is a thing that either he will make it or he will not. it it was worms they would be shooting liquid out there butts. penacilin is a good thing to give the goat rightnow before talking to the vet, 10-15cc's for 100lb to start, than 5-10 after that twice a day., you cant realy over do it on penacilin, and if you are not going to eat the goat than there will be not consern over tanted meat.

LH    Posted 09-22-2003 at 10:26:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Aside form the dust and allergen possibilities, sneezing and coughing in goats is a sign of parasites so you might try worming them to see if it helps

Tom A    Posted 09-22-2003 at 09:37:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm usually accused of running to the vet too quick, but I think if his *only* sypmtom is runny nose I would hold off and watch him closely. My goats get sneezies occasionally...can be dusty feed, pollen, mold, or a cold.

Take his temperature (normal is around 104). Watch him closely...if he acts normally other than the sneeze, just keep watching. If he's running a fever, or if he has other sypmtoms (breathing faster than the others, walking funny, off his feed) then call the vet and explain the symptoms. My vet will, given enough info, tell *me* whether or not she needs to come out.

good luck,
Tom A

RichZ    Posted 09-22-2003 at 09:23:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Take him to the vet immediately!! Goats are very hardy, and don't show signs of illness until, sometimes it's too late. Respiratory infections can kill them quickly.

Cindi    Posted 09-22-2003 at 09:47:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have to side with Rick on this one. Only because usually when I notice one is sick, it dies. If it's something I can treat I try to treat it but my experience is that it's harder to make them well than most other animals. Ours are pasture goats though and we don't see much of them.

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